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Rik Mayall
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5 Sep 2005

In this electrifying autobiography, Rik stands naked in front of his vast legions of fans and disciples and invites them to take communion with the blood he has spilled for them during his thirty year war on show business.

He invented alternative comedy with The Young Ones, he brought down the Thatcher administration with The New Statesman and he changed the face of global culture with his masterpiece Bottom. Not only was his number one single Living Doll the saviour of rock 'n' roll but he also rescued the British film industry with the vast revenues created by his legendary movie Drop Dead Fred. In 1998, he survived an assassination attempt and spent five days in a coma before he literally came back from the dead. Having completed countless phenomenal feature films, TV series, live extravaganzas and radio voice-overs since then, Rik Mayall is now poised on the brink of a whole new epoch-shattering revolution.

For the first time ever, Rik reveals in print the deep inner truth behind his gargantuan ascent to the pinnacle of international light entertainment – the mental hospitals he has broken out of, the television executives he has assaulted, the drugs he has definitely not taken, the charities he has bankrupted, the countless pregnancies he has engendered, and so much more.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment (5 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007207271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007207275
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a ludicrous…very funny – fusion of fact and comic fantasy'
The Times

'… a dense clootie dumpling of a book.'
Sunday Herald

'… hilariously irreverent …'
Daily Express

'It's a masterpiece in tongue-in-cheek ego-mania, a comic tour de force or – if you are the ghost of Mary Whitehouse – a nasty, smelly, subversive book about an incurable bighead who shouldn't be on the telly, let alone in print.'
The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne

'… should get a few old farts in Tunbridge Wells trying to work out how to send emails … Mayall's disciples will love this nook and he might win over several million more followers with it.'
Sport Lads Mag (plus four stars)

'… full of fun and laughter, just like the man himself. A word of warning: don't read it in public …the belly-laughs may cause embarrassment.'
Nottingham Evening Post
Nuts Magazine

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rik Mayall is one of Britain's most prolific and outrageous comedians and has been creating masterpieces for the large and small screen for over twenty years. Although his private and public life may have made the headlines on numerous occasions, Rik has remained relatively allusive…until now…well, sort of.

Rik Mayall: A Sort of Autobiography does exactly what it says on the slightly misleading tin, telling us the whole story with a few red herrings thrown in for a tasty measure.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rik Mayall remembered 10 Jun 2014
By GSimons
Format:Kindle Edition
I met Rik Mayall back in 1999 when he was working in the Ealing Studios on what would become Guesthouse Paradiso.
There are many famous people I’ve passed and usually my default reaction is to do a double-take so they know I’ve recognised them and then let them go about their business.
Rik Mayall however was very different and for the first time in my life I summoned the courage to go and ask for an autograph.
The Rik Mayall you meet in this book was the Rik Mayall you met in real life. He was a curious combination of perfectly personable with manic tendencies lurking behind his eyes.
This book darts all over the place and it’s mainly played for laughs. You learn little of Rik Mayall the man and all about Rik Mayall the personality as he jokes with the reader in a way I’ve never come across.
Following his sad passing some of you will think about buying this book in order to learn about Rik’s rich career in comedy and if that’s your angle you’re destined for disappointment.
However there is some truth in this book and you have to look really closely to find it but you do get a glimmer of the man behind the laughs in certain passages particularly where he speaks about the accident he suffered in the 1990s.
The rest of the book is unashamedly the Rik Mayall we have all come to love. Comedians come and go and many of them are called unique but this man, who was prepared to put on tights while armed with a cattle prod in a devil suit, read Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine for the BBC’s Jackanory in a way only he could or adlib as Lord Flash Heart, is a comedy treasure who will long be remembered.
If you want to get a glimmer of the genius – buy this book and find out why millions loved The Rik Mayall.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Mayall 14 Dec 2005
This book is absolutely hilarious! I couldn't read a single page without at laughing out loud. It is so "Rik" that I could imagine him sitting there with all of his quirky facial expressions writing each word. I have enjoyed Mayall's humor since the first time I saw him as "Prik with a silent P" in Young Ones. I live in the States and am sorry to say that not everyone understands his biting wit, but the educated ones who do would also agree that "Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ" is well worth the money spent. It's Rik's life the way he tells it. 'Nuff said.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not strictly an auto-biography... 10 April 2013
By shgadd
I loved this book.

One thing to bear in mind before you read it though - this is more a fictional book than an autobiography. It is written in character and is not heavily edited but what did people really expect? Half of the joy of this book is that it is a typical Rik speech, un-polished and un-censored.

If you're looking for a highly detailed behind-the-scenes type book, then go and read some of Stephen Fry's auto-biographies. If you're after a laugh and are a fan of Rik Mayall then go ahead and buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography? 13 Jan 2006
Although indeed comedy genious, don't buy this book if you want to read about Riks life cause it aint happening! One of the most unusually written books I've ever read, I just wanted an insight into the real Mr Jolly Lives Next Door, More Bad News etc and not a parody of his characters. Having said that I enjoyed it thorougly for what it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shell Shocking, Roller Coaster of a read! 19 July 2014
I always read the last paragraph of a book, I don't know why, but I do. In Ricks book its the most ironic and the most poignant.

"My work here is done...the rest is silence. All that remains is dust". A bit spooky don't you think?

Rick Mayall hit our TV consciousness like a 'Rick the biggest comet in the universe Mayall' and he didn't stop until that beautiful, talented bright light was abruptly switch off.

His book is written in typical Rick Mayall's clever style... manic, funny, egotistical self absorbed with just a hint of modesty. It was a very difficult read, some stories were obviously fictitious and lots of excessive ranting, but there are glimpses of a more serious side of Rick behind that manic façade. It was hard to keep track in some parts as he jumps from one point to a totally different one constantly... like one long joke from bottom. There are many laugh out loud moments. But I, like many wanted to know more about the real Rick, THAT baton will now, sadly be passed onto someone else, and lets hope they do him justice..

Just remember one thing...when you look up into the night sky and see a shooting star think of Rick, he's now manically dashing around the universe and giving god (now his understudy of course) a REALLY hard time with a few choice word in his tail! WOOF!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm. 30 Jan 2007
By Nicolette Laurence VINE VOICE
I love Rik and I love The Young Ones, Bottom, even Filthy, Rich and Catflap. I was kind of hoping that this was a funny autobiography. I am not really sure what it is. Obviously the letters are fake, but it is impossible to tell how much of what he actually writes is true. The footnotes are amusing, the spelling mistakes a bit tiresome but make me smile. I like it and it IS funny but it is really hard to read because of the style he writes in. The 'going-off-on-a-tangent' thing wears thin after a while.

I would really like it if Rik wrote his autobiography honestly and it would naturally be funny because that is Rik! I would like to read about his life, the people he worked with, etc etc. So to be honest I feel a bit dazed. If you're a Rik fan, you will enjoy it but you might find it hard going and a little disappointing.

Anyway Rik if you're reading these reviews - I still love you and think you're grate :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Brrrrriliiant!!! \o/
So good, I can't actually bring myself to finish it! Still extremely saddened by the death of this comic genius, this book gives readers a crazy and sporadic insight into the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Louise Gaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Splutteringly funny!
Splutteringly funny!
Published 19 days ago by Bookywooky
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 22 days ago by Denise Hemingway
4.0 out of 5 stars Rik the mayall
Excellent. A very good read if you get and understand his humour. I laughed so much people wondered if I was for the nut house. You will too, do get reading
Published 23 days ago by H. A. Boston
5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed he is better than Christ!
Absolutely hilarious! Rik's book had me in stitches from the first page! The man is just genius!
Published 28 days ago by June
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, - it's ok but quite ...
Not what I expected,- it's ok but quite heavy going and repetitious.
Published 29 days ago by janebloggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read rik at his best
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Ann bell
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Rik Mayall was a superb performer on stage and TV but the book was very disappointing. His style of humour just did not work wll in written form.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Peter Crosland
1.0 out of 5 stars I love Rik Mayall and was looking forward to this arriving ...
I love Rik Mayall and was looking forward to this arriving but it was unreadable and gave no insights into his life at all. You would be better reading Wikipedia.
Published 1 month ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Rik does to the autobiography what he did to the sitcom
This hilarious parody of all those frightful luvvie showbiz memoirs is also a virtuoso display by Rik of how to prevent someone else from writing his biography by hiding just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Distracted
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